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TLF alumni students Selina Rodriguez and Ben Ramalho, along with Gary Griffith, did an outstanding job speaking before the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution during their Constitution Week luncheon.  To conclude their speech, they provided their ideas of where we are headed as a nation.  Click below to watch the presentation on its entirety.

Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Presentation


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Florencia Velasco Fortner, President of The Concilio,
challenges the students
to reduce apathy







TLF students discuss community
issues they have identified







Rep. Eric Johnson stresses education





Our October meeting focused on what the students considered to be the most pressing issues facing our community. The most common issue identified was education – the importance of staying in high school, continuing to college, the quality of education received in high school, gangs in schools, and teenage pregnancies. We discussed the impact unemployment and economic hardship has on all these issues.

Advisory board member, Florencia Velasco Fortner, President and CEO of The Concilio, highlighted how apathy contributes to the issues identified and the ramifications of not voting. Change only occurs when you are passionate and determined. State Representative Eric Johnson, District 100, discussed the community issues he faces and his goals of ensuring that every child in his district receives a quality education and has the opportunity to pursue a college degree. Thank you to Ms. Fortner and Rep. Johnson for spending time with TLF students and sharing your expertise.



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Now is the time for high school seniors to begin working on college applications according to Academic Consulting Services (“ACS”). ACS offered a timeline to TLF students to ensure they were meeting, and hopefully ahead of, all the deadlines for college applications. ACS stressed the importance of preparing for and taking the SAT/ACT multiple times to help students get into their college of choice and to increase their chances of being awarded scholarships. We broke up into student and parent groups with the student group discussing the application process while the parent group discussed scholarship opportunities. Thank you to ACS for sharing your expertise with TLF.

Thanks to 2011 TLF member Jake Schultze who attended the meeting and encouraged this year’s students to take advantage of all the opportunities and connections they will make through TLF. He stated that this program should not be something you think about only on the day of the meeting, but to make the principles we discuss part of who you are.